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American Council of the Blind

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Resource Name:   American Council of the Blind

Associated Organization:

Country of Origin: USA

Address: 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 1004,

City: Washington

State or Province: DC

ZIP or Postal Code: 20005

Telephone: 202) 467-5081,  (800) 424-8666

Fax:  (202) 467-5085


Email: info@acb.org 

Site Summary:  

The American Council of the Blind is the nation's leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. It was founded in 1961 and incorporated in the District of Columbia.

Members: The Council's membership numbers in the tens of thousands. The majority of its members belong to one or more of its 71 affiliated organizations. There are also members-at-large. Membership is not limited to blind or visually impaired individuals. There are many sighted members. Legal blindness is a requirement to serve on the ACB Board of Directors (with the exception of the Secretary and Treasurer positions).

Affiliates: ACB has 51 state and regional affiliates and 20 national special interest and professional affiliates. The state/regional groups meet statewide once or twice yearly and many of these organizations also have local chapters. Many of these local chapters meet monthly. The national special interest affiliates meet annually during the ACB national convention and many of these groups have state/metropolitan chapters.

Purposes: The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

. - Quoted from the Web Site

Disability Association(s): Blindness and visual impairment

Internet Location: http://www.acb.org/ 

Internet Resource Type: Web Site

Resource Type: Blind and Vision Impairment Resource



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